By The Associated Press
NATCHEZ — Four-wheel drive ATV manufacturer Bad Boy Buggies has agreed to pay a $715,000 civil penalty for failing to report a defect involving Classic Buggies.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the penalty Friday.
Natchez, Miss.-based Bad Boy Buggies was sold in 2010 to Augusta, Ga.-based E-Z-Go.
The CPSC says the off-road utility vehicles with Series motors were sold between 2003 and June 2007 and the off-road utility vehicles with a SePex motors were sold between 2007 and June 2010. The government says both vehicles could suddenly accelerate during use or while the ignition was in the idle position, creating possible runaway vehicle situations.
The CPSC says Bad Buggies didn’t report the problem until 2009. The government says Bad Buggies will make repairs to the vehicles.